Forgotten Farms at the Music Hall

Thursday April 27th, The Music Hall in Portsmouth will show the film Forgotten Farms at 7pm. This film portrays New England dairy farmers (including our own community’s Lorraine Merrill, dairy farmer and NH Ag Commissioner), who are struggling to stay in business while they work hard to feed us.



“Forgotten Farms gives us a glimpse into the past and a vision for a future regional food system. The documentary shows the cultural divide between the new food movement and traditional farming, highlighting the need to examine differences, develop mutual understanding, and find common ground. A truly sustainable local food system that benefits everyone will rely on all of our farmers.”


Tickets available online or at the door.

Film: “Growing Local”, June 18

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Film: “Growing Local”
Great Works Regional Land Trust and Maine Farmland Trust
Location: Hilton Winn Farm, 189 Ogunquit Road, Cape Neddick, ME
Date: Thursday, June 18, 2015
Time: 6:30-8:00 pm
Fee: Free, reservations requested

As a kick-off for their new partnership, Great Works Regional Land Trust (GWRLT) and Maine Farmland Trust (MFT) will co-host a screening of “Growing Local” on the evening of June 18, starting at 6:30 pm at the Hilton-Winn Farm in Cape Neddick. The film was co-produced by Maine filmmaker Bridget Besaw and MFT, and highlights the growing pains of the local food movement. A panel, moderated by John Piotti, President of MFT, and including Amanda Beal, Debra Kam and other farm and food experts, will lead a community discussion to explore both opportunities and challenges.

A future for farming in York County, Maine is important for securing local food sources. And yet, many local farms are facing transition; irreplaceable farm soils and open fields are at risk for development. GWRLT has a history of protecting farmland that dates back to 1989 when it preserved Backfields Farm, and is accelerating its efforts as agricultural land comes under increasing pressure. GWRLT is working with farm owners, many of whom are aging beyond the desire or ability to continue farming, to protect 1,500 acres of farmland on 13 farms, located in Berwick, South Berwick, North Berwick, Eliot, and Wells.

This year, GWRLT established a partnership with Maine Farmland Trust, a force for farmland protection statewide, to strengthen its farmland protection efforts. Maine Farmland Trust provides technical assistance in project work, and collectively, the two nonprofits are raising $100,000 to fund farmland conservation in the region.

Free admission, reservations requested. Contact: 207-646-3604, info@gwrlt.org.

For more information: www.gwrlt.org

Movie Night: Brookford Almanac, June 19

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Movie Night: Brookford Almanac
Dig In: Real Food Solutions
Location: Blue Moon Evolution, Exeter, NH
Date: Friday, June 19, 2015
Time: Dig In Informational Meeting at 6:15pm, movie at 7pm

We invite you to join us next Friday night at 7 pm to watch the movie, Brookford Almanac, a story about a year in the life of first generation farmers. This wonderful exploration of local farmers, Luke and Catarina Mahoney, is by filmmaker Cozette Russell whose work explores the relationship between people and land.

Join us at 6:15 before the movie to learn about our Dig In Summer program! Both events take place at the Blue Moon Evolution, 8 Clifford Street, Exeter, NH. Free! Walk ins welcome. Popcorn will be served! To register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/brookford-almananc-tickets-17367350212

For more information: www.diginrealfood.com

Wild & Scenic Film Festival, April 24

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Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Location: The Music Hall, Portsmouth, NH
Date: Friday, April 24, 2015
Time: 7pm
Fee: $16 per ticket

Considered one of the nations premiere environmental and adventure film festivals, the Wild & Scenic Film Festival combines stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling to inform, inspire and ignite solutions to restore the earth. This year’s local showing is a collection of 13 unique short films handpicked by the Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire (SELT) that explore the current environmental issues and celebrations of our planet. Join SELT for an evening of great films – and support their local conservation work with your ticket purchase!

Tickets available at The Music Hall Box Office in the Historic Theater, 28 Chestnut Street, Portsmouth NH, 603-436-2400, or online$16 per ticket. Note: $5 ticketing fee is added to phone and web orders. To avoid this charge, buy your tickets in person at the Box Office Mon-Sat 12-6pm.

For more information: www.themusichall.org

Earth Port Film Festival, April 12

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Earth Port Film Festival
Transition Newburyport
Location: Firehouse Center for the Arts,1 Market Square, Newburyport, MA
Date: Sunday, April 12, 2015
Time: 6 pm

Now in its 4th year, the Earth Port Film Festival features short environmental films on the theme of creating, discovering, inspiring, catalyzing or documenting environmental action. This year’s festival includes eight short films from the USA, Canada, and Australia, ranging from 3 to 20 minutes, covering stories from an animated Arctic fable to an Iraqi activist restoring marshlands in his native land; from an action to stop the Keystone XL pipeline to a young couple farming the land and building community in Whitefield, ME. Though not formally rated, the festival is recommended for a PG audience.

The film festival is organized by PortMedia and Transition Newburyport. Proceeds are used to support the training and development of Newburyport youth and adults in the art of communicating via film and video.

Tickets are available for purchase at the Firehouse Center Box Office at Market Square, Newburyport, or by calling or online. The Box Office takes all major credit cards and all sales are final. Box Office Hours: Wed-Sun 12-5pm with extended hours on performance days. In Advance: $10 Students; $15 Adults. At Door: $12 Students; $17 Adults.

For more information: http://www.earthportfilm.org

Film: “Pricele$$”, April 2

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Debby Rohnquist, Kittery Adult Education
Venue: Traip Academy, Kittery, ME
Date: Thursday, April 2, 2015
Time: 6:30-8:30 pm
Fee: Donation of $2 per film suggested, pre-registration required

Each week a different film will be presented on an issue of concern today. Come learn more about these hot topics and you are invited to join in on the discussion afterwards. You may attend one, several, or all. Debby Ronquist will lead the weekly discussions. She is a Kittery Point resident, artist, founder of numerous local businesses/non-profits including Just Us Chickens, Fair Tide and Fabulous Find and grandmother to twelve grandchildren. She is very concerned about the future of the world that she is leaving to her grandchildren.

Pricele$$” — Award-Winning filmmaker, Steve Cowen, travels across America in search of answers to why some of our basic policies like and food and energy are so out of date and discovers the truth about how campaign money from special interests can influence both.

For more information: https://kittery.coursestorm.com/course/pricele

Film Matters: “Food Chains”, March 26

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Venue: The Music Hall, Porstmouth NH
Date: Thursday, March 26, 2015
Time: 7 pm
Cost: $10

There is more interest in our food supply these days than ever, yet there tends to be very little interest in the hands that pick it. Farmworkers who form the foundation of our fresh food industry are routinely abused and robbed of wages. Food Chains exposes the human cost in our food supply and the complicity of the supermarket industry which earns $4 trillion globally and has tremendous power over the agricultural system. Post-film panel discussion with local food system experts. (NR, 82 mins, US)

For more information: http://www.themusichall.org/calendar/event/food_chains

Hot Topics Film and Discussion Series: “GMO OMG”, February 26

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Hot Topics Film and Discussion Series: “GMO OMG”
With Debby Rohnquist
Venue: Kittery Adult Education, Traip Academy, Kittery, ME
Date: Thursday, February 26, 2015
Time: 6:30-8:30 pm
Fee: Donation of $2 per film suggested, pre-registration required

Each week a different film will be presented on an issue of concern today. Come learn more about these hot topics and you are invited to join in on the discussion afterwards. You may attend one, several, or all. Debby Ronquist will lead the weekly discussions. She is a Kittery Point resident, artist, founder of numerous local businesses/non-profits including Just Us Chickens, Fair Tide and Fabulous Find and grandmother to twelve grandchildren. She is very concerned about the future of the world that she is leaving to her grandchildren.

Filmmaker and concerned father Jeremy Seifert takes a journey around the world in search of answers about genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) and how they affect our children, the health of our planet, and our freedom of choice.

For more information: https://kittery.coursestorm.com/course/g-mo-omg

Movie Night: Robert Reich’s Inequality for All, February 18

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Partners for a Hunger Free York County
Venue: York County Shelter Programs, 147 Shaker Hill Road, Alfred, ME
Date: Wednesday, February 18, 2015 (snow date: February 19)
Time: 6:30pm
Fee: Free, RSVP requested

Come to Partners for a Hunger-Free York County movie night as we explore some of the underlying causes of hunger in our country! Inequality is a major driver of hunger and malnutrition. We’re going to eat pizza and popcorn and watch “Inequality for All” — and you’re invited! PfHFYC Movie Night is sponsored by AARP Foundation and we will be hosted by York County Shelter Programs in Alfred. We’ll close with a brief conversation on what the film says about how inequality should inform efforts to end hunger and malnutrition.

PLEASE RSVP so that we know how much food to have on hand and how much space we’ll need!

For more information: www.hungerfreeyorkcounty.org/movie-night.html

Permaculture Film & Food Night: “Garbage! The Revolution Starts at Home”, February 8

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Sponsored by The Seacoast Permaculture Group & The United Campus Ministry to UNH
Venue: The Waysmeet Center, 15 Mill Road, Durham, NH
Date: Sunday, February 8, 2015
Time: 5 – 8 pm

Garbage! The Revolution Starts at Home: Concerned for the future of his new baby boy, Andrew Nisker takes an average urban family and asks them to keep every scrap of garbage that they create for three months. He then takes them on a journey to where it all goes and what it’s doing to the world. By the end of this trashy odyssey, you are truly inspired to revolutionize your lifestyle for the sake of future generations. Our discussion afterwards will especially address ways we do or could reduce waste. Feel free to bring examples to show folks!

Our Film & Food nights are a chance for us to come together for both learning and getting to know each other better. We ask that you come with an open mind and heart to new information and new friends.

For more information: http://www.meetup.com/GreaterSeacoastPermaculture/events/219070662/